What are we to make of the Victorians' fascination with collecting? What effect did their encounters with the curious, exotic and downright odd have on Victorian writers and their works? The essays in this collection take up these questions by examining the phenomenon of bric-a-brac in Victorian society. While recent studies have attempted to separate bric-a-brac out into separate categories, thus obscuring the term's identification with oddity, the contributors to Literary Bric-a-Brac explore sites of unusual concurrence (museums, the home, galleries, private collections, auction houses) and the way in which bric-a-brac brought the alien into everyday settings, the past into the present and the wild into the domestic. Of central importance are how commercial exchange, buying and selling and the meeting of poverty and wealth underwrite the notion of bric-a-brac. Individual chapters analyse the work of writers as different as Edward Lear and John Henry Newman, Robert Browning and George Eliot, Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll. The themes and objects examined are equally diverse, ranging from the grandiose and flamboyant to the apparently humdrum and inconsequential. As they hone in on how and why the 'things' of Victorian literature and culture are by turns moral, social, political, sexual or simply nonsensical, the essays shed light on a dizzying array of topics and objects that include class and capitalism, the occult and the sacraments, Darwinism and dandyism, umbrellas, textiles, the Philosopher's Stone, and even doornails.
Set during the mid-1800s Lilly finds herself betrothed to Nathanial Lyndhurst, the brother of her very own best frined, Bess. These two women have known each other since childhood but an unexpected kiss from Bess causes Lilly to rethink their relationship. When the Lyndhurst family leave Northern England and head for a new life in Canada, Lilly waits for almost two years for her instructions to follow. Her extensive journey across land and sea allows her time to reflect on that moment with Bess and the closer she gets to Canada, the more she finds herself wanting Bess.
Victoria Only Death Could Stop Her Now The Daughters of Darkness is a series of female heroines who may or may not know each other, but all have the same father, Vlad Montour. Victoria is a Hunter Vampire, one of the last of her kind. She's the best of the best. When she finds out one of her marks is actually her sister she let's her go, only to end up on the wrong side of the council. Forced to prove herself she hunts her next mark, a werewolf. Injured and hungry, she is forced to do what she must to survive. Her actions upset the ancient council and she finds herself now being the one thing she has always despised -- the Hunted. This is Tori's story by W.J. May. This is a novella. As a courtesy, the author wishes to inform you this novella does end with a cliffhanger. The next book coming out in early Autumn (or sooner) will continue the story. ***This is an adult book series and does contain scenes for readers that are 16+***